Nemesia is a genus of about 70 species of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to southern Africa. The most popular species are Nemesia strumosa, Nemesia caerulea and Nemesia fruticans.
Nemesia has lance-shaped, sometimes toothed leaves and pretty little flowers that bloom in a wide range of colors. Nemesia charms everyone with its colorful and long-lasting flowers! Some varieties are sweetly scented and quite beautiful. These plants can be used as edging plants, ground covers or hanging basket plants.

Name meaning

The genus name comes from the Greek word “nemesion”, the name for a similar plant.

Nemesia symbolism

Nemesia is a symbol of friendship.

Interesting facts about Nemesia

Similar Genera and Families

At a distance, Nemesia looks like Lobelia erinus, commonly called Edging Lobelia, while up close it looks like Orchid.
Nemesia fruticans resembles species in the genus Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), with two lips and a spur.

Benefits and Uses

Many species have been developed for ornamental purposes.

Nemesia Plant Data